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Jour - Guided Journaling

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Mobile journal allows for introspection on the go.

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Educational Value

Guided reflections can help kids learn to reflect on their own, seek out positive thoughts and ideas, and practice self-affirmation. They can also build a practice of journal writing as a mode of self-expression.

Ease of Play

It might take a bit to find everything, but it's easy to use after the initial learning curve.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jour - Guided Journaling helps teens keep track of their thoughts and experiences over time. Unlike a paper journal, the app provides prompts and themes, which might help those who are intimidated by a blank page. While there was no objectionable content during our review, the prompts are geared toward older kids and adults. There are also links to external articles related to journaling. The app requests a name and email address to create an account, and the privacy policy specifically states that users under the age of 13 may not use the service. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

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What's it about?

JOUR - GUIDED JOURNALING is a journaling app for teens and adults. There are daily reflections where the user answers a series of questions about how they're feeling, what they're excited about, a success they've had recently, etc. There are also "Journeys," which are themed guided journals. These include self-affirmations, dreams, travel, future goals, positivity, etc. Some focus more on experiences, while others focus more on feelings. For those who are already comfortable with journaling and have ideas of their own, there's also an open journal space. Users can see statistics around words written and sessions completed, as well as view old entries.
 

Is it any good?

For kids who are prone to bottling up their feelings, this mobile journal might just be the key to helping them learn to express themselves. Jour - Guided Journaling isn't particularly fancy. There aren't dancing GIFs or social commentaries. It's just private journaling, which is pretty much what journaling should be. The guided journal prompts are simple but accessible for teens and adults. They're a great way to begin for those who have never kept a journal before, and they're also helpful for those days when you think you have nothing to say. Jour - Guided Journaling isn't perfect: It occasionally crashes, and the information screens seem to take forever to move forward (a tap will manually move you ahead), but it meets a specific purpose without trying to be all things to all people. If you're looking for a great starter journal app, this just might be it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about journaling on paper or using apps like Jour - Guided Journaling. What's the purpose of journaling? How might journaling help you in your day-to-day life?

  • Talk about privacy. Jour claims to take privacy seriously, but what are the expectations of privacy in your home? Are there times when it's OK to violate someone else's privacy?

App details

For kids who love keeping a journal and writing

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